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  Name: Tortured:
The Sam English Story

Publication date: 14/09/2020
Published by: Pitch Publishing
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781785317255
RRP: £19.99
Tortured: The Sam English Story is the fascinating, yet tragic tale of a footballer destined to become one of the greatest goalscorers in Scottish football history, only to latterly describe himself as 'an embarrassing, grizzly peep show.' English was a veritable goal machine at Yoker Athletic in the late 1920s (nearly three hundred in three seasons), and was soon being chased by a posse of big-name clubs.

Legendary Arsenal manager, Herbert Chapman offered him a blank cheque, but 22-year-old English chose Rangers. He hit forty-four league goals in his debut season - still a record today - but tragedy struck early in the campaign, in the first Old Firm match of the season, when Celtic keeper John Thomson lost his life after bravely diving at the feet of the completely blameless English. In an instant, English became one half of a tragic accident. He moved to Liverpool, but was joined on the journey to Anfield by the fatality and its accompanying demons: his life defined by a single incident.

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"For the first time in my life, I've read a 318-page biography in just two sittings. 'Tortured' is an immense book. Like all Jeff Holmes books, it is impeccably researched, and is written in such a manner that it was almost impossible to put down. A thoroughly engaging book which is a must for all Rangers fans - and for neutrals like myself." Stuart McMillan

"Just finished reading the book and I couldn't put it down. 10 out of 10. Brilliant."
Billy Harper

"Meant to keep the book for our holiday, but I started reading it on Wednesday night, and finished it the following morning. Absolutely fantastic, and definitely one of the author's best books. Well done." Gary Sweeney

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